Sunday, March 30, 2008

Planning a new unit

Well I have completely given up telling this teaching story from the beginning in New Mexico to where I am now in Canada. I guess I will just tell it as I think of things or I am inspired in such a way. I was recently going through my pictures that I have on a website of my last two years. One of which I taught in Korea and the other I am still working for the school in Korea writing them a new curriculum but living in Canada. Although between teaching in Korea and coming home to Canada. I took a cruise. It was my first ever and now of course I am hooked.

This was our first view of the pyramids.

But back to the topic which is planning a new unit. After a whirlwind tour of Egypt, I am planning on writing a new unit on Egypt. I have taught ancient Egypt many times and was impressed and often times overwhelmed by what I saw. I included pictures of the sphinx and pyramids. Even now months later, I think did I really see that? I did and it is with this that I am planning my new unit. I will focus on the ancient Egypt studies as that is always covered in middle school ancient civ. but I am going to try and include a portion on current Egypt now. I was so shocked to find that in certain months you can't see the pyramids because the pollution is so bad. I was also shocked to see us passing men and sometimes women in a cart behind a donkey on the highway. I was prepared for the vendors selling at all of the major sites. But I think what I was ashamed of was not really realizing the state in which most Egyptians are currently living. I and I believe many others are romanticized by the ancient past that we forget that, yes, Egypt is a part Africa and that Africa is a third world continent. I want to write lessons that teach children about the wonderful history of Egypt but I am now going to try and incorporate some lessons about what Egypt is now and where they are going.

The far picture is of the step pyramid and the one below is taken from a ridge not far from the pyramids of Giza. You can see the pollution of Cairo in the background.

This last picture is one I love... I think of my dad (he loves dried dates) every time I look at it. They were just starting to harvest the dates. This picture is taken from the bus as we were waiting to get in to explore the step pyramid.
Sorry this was very disorganized and not much on topic. I will attempt to clarify myself a bit more another time.


Ranch Mommy said...

Glad to see a new post and I love the pics!! What a great opportunity to travel you've had!! I envy you!!

Anonymous said...

What you saw in Egypt is what you will see every where you go in the world. It does not matter if it is a house on stilts with a one water buffalo garage underneath in the Phillipines,or a refugee,squatter shack on the hillside above the city of Hong Kong. People need to go to these countries to see how good things really are in the U.S.

caution said...

I'm hooked. Keep writing! I want to learn more about your adventures.

RU4REAL? said...

Hi, Stacey! How are you? I am doing well. It's really interesting to see the places you have gone since leaving Gallup. I am envious and hope that one day I will be able to leave the serenity of the rez to experience some of these places for myself. For now I will live through your eyes! So, since you are in the process of writing curriculum, you can send a unit on the Olympics my way. J/K Have a nice day!